Following our brief look at the new adaptation of the classic Lost in Space, Netflix has released a brand new trailer that answers a number of questions about the new series, while raising a few more.
The Robinson family, part of a highly trained mission to establish a new colony in space, is unexpectedly pulled off course forcing them to crash land on a lost planet. Danger will find them.
You can check out the first official trailer below:
In a recent interview with EW, showrunner Zack Estrin revealed a bit more about the series, and their decision with recasting some of the iconic characters:
“This is a true family adventure in the vein of the original Jurassic Park,” Zack Estrin revealed. “I don’t think there’s ever been another show like this on TV that has this size and scope, but also this emotion. There aren’t a lot of family shows that everybody can watch for themselves. There are very few things that are not reality shows that adults and kids can enjoy together. I’ve shown this to my father, who’s 70, and my daughters, who are 11 and 14, and they all fell in love with it for different reasons.”
The new trailer puts the focus on the action and some of the alien landscapes the Robinson family are set to explore after an accident causes them to be lost in space. What’s interesting about this new look at the series are some of the differences that we can already see. For instance, Parker Posey’s Dr. Smith doesn’t seem to be a big part of the initial moments of the series, which actually calls back to the original pilot of the show, which didn’t feature the Dr. Smith character at all.
“The original Dr. Smith played by Jonathan Harris was so iconic, you couldn’t just try to do that again, and if you were to ask a male actor to fill those shoes, there would always be a comparison,” Estrin said. “We’re so lucky to have Parker, she brings such dimensionality to the role. She has a perfect mix of delicious villainy that lends a special piece of fun to the show.” The character will also fill some of the big plot holes in the original series, like: Why is Dr. Smith there? Why do the Robinsons keep him (now her) around?
The new trailer also introduces us to one of the most famous robots in science fiction, though it’s an iteration of this character we haven’t really seen before. Young Will Robinson, played by Maxwell Jenkins, apparently finds the robot on the mysterious planet they find themselves on, meaning the creation of the robot was by an alien presence instead of humans, marking a pretty big change for the series that is bound to pay off with story potential as the series progresses. We do still get to hear the iconic “Danger Will Robinson!” though it’s decidedly more ominous in this trailer, especially knowing the robot is potentially not made by human hands.
“The Robot was one of the hardest pieces of casting to do in the show because it’s such an iconic thing and something you can really get wrong,” Estrin said. “And it’s a different experience watching the show versus the trailer. You fall in love with this character. It’s less about how it looks than who it is. Whereas the original Robot was exactly what you thought it was, our Robot is a bit of a mystery that unfolds over the course of the season.”
The trailer doubles down on the family, like any good Lost in Space reboot needs to do, but it also has the greater story of mankind – in this case, Will Robinson – and the discovery of alien life. The original Lost in Space also featured some of these landmarks from the crew of the Jupiter Two, and we can’t wait to see how that family dynamic is explored on such a large scale of space exploration, using the technology and imagination available to us today.
“Fans of the original show should know we maintain the core of what was special about that experience of watching that as a child — that here’s this incredible family that’s off on this amazing adventure,” said Estrin. “For new fans of the show, there’s a certain baggage associated with the title — ‘Oh, that’s that campy show from the ’60s,’ or, ‘That’s that movie from the ’90s that was … what it was.’ We are taking that core of an idea — the Robinson family is striving to hold together and survive in this incredible circumstance — and as much as this show is Lost in Space, it could be a shipwreck on an island. It just happens to be in space and we think it’s going to have a broad appeal beyond genre fans.”
The series also stars Toby Stephens as John Robinson, Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson, Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson, Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson, and Ignacio Serricchio as Don West. Lost in Space will premiere on Netflix on April 13.
Source: Entertainment Weekly